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October 25, 2019
Embellishing and quilting the Christmas house table runner! from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed you how to use the MuVit dual feed foot on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050to quilt the Christmas table runner. But then I decided to add a little extra embellishment with applique and free motion stitching.

Here’s how to do this

  • Choose a fabric with some size-appropriate motifs.
  • Apply a light-weight fusible web to the back of the fabric following the manufacturer’s instructions for the product you are using.
  • Cut out the desired motifs.


Cut out motifs to use for applique.


  • Place the motifs on the table runner and lightly press in place.
  • Now it ...

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October 24, 2019
How the MuVit dual feed foot of the BQ3050 helps your quilting efforts from Quilt Social

Welcome back! Yesterday I made crazy quilt houses and finished the center of the table runner. Today I’ll add the borders and then use the MuVit dual-feed foot that comes with the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 to do the quilting.


MuVit dual feed foot


Add the borders

  • Measure the length of your house row and cut 2 strips 5″ (or your desired width) x that length for the top and bottom borders.
  • Sew on the top and bottom borders. You can use either of the ¼” feet for this seam – the one with the guide or the one without. If ...

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October 23, 2019
How the laser light on the Brother BQ3050 saves time on prep work from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed you how to sew your own crazy quilt fabric, embellish it with decorative stitches and cut out house and sky shapes. So let’s put it all together to make a table runner.

Now I get to use another great feature of the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine – the laser light guide.

Press the laser light button on the LCD screen. A red laser line shows on the fabric. By default, the laser light is in the middle, but it can adjusted to the right or left by pressing the + or – buttons.

For this project, the laser light ...

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October 22, 2019
Crazy quilting and decorative stitches make a clever holiday table runner from Quilt Social

Welcome back to learning about the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 week! Yesterday I introduced you to my new Brother BQ3050 machine. Now it’s time to start sewing a Christmas runner with some wonky houses using decorative stitching (there are over 500 stitches from which to choose!). I’ll also be doing some quilting using the MuVit digital dual feed (walking foot). Let’s get started!


Brother Innov-ís BQ3050


  • Sew 2 small pieces of fabric together using the ¼” foot with guide. Scraps or 3″ – 4″ strips will work fine for this project.


Sew 2 small pieces together using the ¼ ...

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October 21, 2019
Introducing the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 sewing and quilting machine from Quilt Social

During the last 2 years, I’ve written QUILTsocial posts about 3 different Brother machines – the NQ900, the Dream Machine 2 and the Luminaire.

I loved using each machine, but I always had to send them back after my posts were finished. So – you guessed it – I decided to purchase my own machine. I chose the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050.


Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine


 This machine has all the features I was looking for, including:

  •  5” x 11¼” workspace for large quilts
  • adjustable LED lighting
  • a wide table for larger projects
  • the MuVit digital dual feed (walking foot) with 5 different ...

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October 4, 2019
Playing with the drawing tools in My Design Center on the Luminaire from Quilt Social

As I began exploring this aspect of My Design Center on the Brother Luminaire this morning, I quickly came to this realization: the potential here is vast. Not really a new revelation, but add that to my initial lack of familiarity to all its nuances, I kinda felt overwhelmed. There’s so much I can do, so many creative directions I can take – and all that was running around my head was, “how do I distill it all into a thousand words (more or less) and a few pictures?” Well… I won’t. I’ll encourage you to pick a ...

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October 3, 2019
A page of machine embroidery history comes alive in My Design Center from Quilt Social

Did you know that embroidery machines were introduced to the home-sewing market in the early 1990s? I worked in my Mom’s sewing machine dealership way back then, and I remember the hullabaloo of their introductions. Brother’s first embroidery machine to hit the market was the PC-7000. We had this new toy, and most of us hadn’t a clue what to do with it! Do any of you remember those days?

Now we have the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1, or the Luminaire… and all I can say is, “We’ve come a long way, Baby!”. Ok, that’s ...

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October 2, 2019
Brother Luminaire, My Design Center, and a candlewicking memory… from Quilt Social

Hi, Folks – today is the day! I have to tell you; I was a little trepidatious this morning as I began to explore a new (for me) application for My Design Center on the Brother Luminaire. The unfamiliar can be a little intimidating, yes?


Brother Luminaire XP1 – sewing, embroidery and quilting machine


I mean, I was really excited yesterday and the day before to show you my favorite way of using My Design Center – but I’d done those before! They were easy! Can you see why I like almost making your own fabric? And how about adding those gorgeous ...

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October 1, 2019
Adding a Decorative Fill Pattern around an embroidery design from Quilt Social

Hey – looks like I got your interest piqued yesterday with those gorgeous Decorative patterns Fills in My Design Center on the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1, or, its friendlier name, the Luminaire.


The Brother Luminaire XP1


While those fill patterns are stunning on their own, today I’ll take a look at how they can become the perfect backdrop for a focal-point embroidery design. Were you with me a few weeks ago when I applied auto-stippling around a design? It was pretty easy, right? It’s just a couple more steps to do it in My Design Center – and those steps ...

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September 30, 2019
Creating textured fabric using the Luminaire My Design Center from Quilt Social

Hey, everyone – welcome back! I hope you’re ready to put on your explorer hat and venture off into the unknown with me. I really mean that, too! When I was here in July, I introduced the foundation embroidery features of the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1 (aka the Luminaire). Then in August, I delved in a little deeper with some exciting applications of the camera and scanning functions. That was all stuff I’d played with before and couldn’t wait to share…

This month, however, I wanted to challenge myself with a module of the Luminaire I am less ...

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September 2, 2019
Fan Embroidery from Becca's Crazy Projects

String Theory Fabric Art has some fun fan embroidery designs. This is just one of them. I wanted to stitch up some fun, small, Star Wars themed gifts. The clear vinyl on the back lets you store that ID or other card in style!
Rebel ID badge holder
Imperial symbol ID badge holder

If you see an embroidery design you are interested in, but don't have an embroidery machine, feel free to send me an email and I can work with you. Email contact form on the sidebar. The holiday season will be here before you know it!

Tools ...

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August 30, 2019
Playing with the Quilting Border Patterns in the Brother Luminaire from Quilt Social

I’m an embroidery geek. (Surprise!) It started many years ago when my mom, whom I was working for at the time, announced to me that a few days hence we were running an embroidery class. And I was teaching it. Gulp! For me, the embroidery ‘thing’ just escalated from there.

That was back in the days when domestic embroidery machines were just becoming available, when a 4″ x 4″ embroidery area and a glorified calculator-screen were state-of-the-art technology. Do you remember those days?


One of the first Brother home embroidery models… and still going strong!


We’ve come a ...

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August 29, 2019
Pattern Connection By Camera on the Brother Luminaire from Quilt Social

Today’s the day! Pattern Connection By Camera on the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1, herein referred to as the Luminaire (doesn’t that make me sound official?). You know, when I had initially set up my outline of what Luminaire embroidery features to show off this week, in my head I had a progression of the camera-based tools, starting from easiest to hardest. So I sequenced the Snowman Positioning first, the Scanner Function second, and yesterday we saw how easy the Projector made setup. Now, having not played with Pattern Connection by Camera in a while, I actually thought scheduling ...

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August 28, 2019
A wonderful innovation in design positioning: the Luminaire projector from Quilt Social

Hi! Folks… thanks for taking the time to pop in today, as I continue exploring some of the basic-yet-not-so-basic camera features of the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1. “Basic-yet-not-so-basic” – sounds contradictory, doesn’t it? But think about it: all this camera stuff (on a sewing machine, no less!) is pretty darn revolutionary, don’t you think? A mere few years ago, that would have fallen into the category of “What will they think of next?” But really, looking at them, weren’t they so very easy to use?

Yesterday, I looked at the Luminaire’s scanner function, and the day before ...

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August 27, 2019
Design positioning by scanning with the Brother Luminaire from Quilt Social

Oh – I’m so glad you’re back! The Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1 feature I covered yesterday, scanning the “Snowman” sticker was so easy – you gotta love it. It’s perfect for getting the design exactly where you want it, such as a chest crest on a t-shirt, or a design smack dab in the middle of a quilt block.

But…(yeah, there’s always a but, isn’t there?) what if I kinda want to decide as I go? Like maybe I want to embroider a butterfly design on fabric printed with flowers, and I want the butterfly just ...

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August 26, 2019
Automatic design positioning on the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1 from Quilt Social

Hey, Everyone – I’m excited to explore some more of the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1 embroidery toys. Last month when I started playing with some of the very cool embroidery features of the Luminaire, I notably left out any use of the camera functions. But you may also recall me mentioning “Method and Madness” or was it “Madness and Method”? So, this week’s method is to showcase the camera options as applied to embroidery. Over each of the next five days, I’ll experiment with a different camera application. Ready to play along?

Today I’ll take a look ...

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August 19, 2019
Machine Embroidery Snap Tabs from Becca's Crazy Projects

This weekend I had a terrible time managing to crank out a sock. Those of you who are here for all the other crazy projects I guess this is good news. For me, it was cranking five socks to have one suitable sock. I did manage to kitchener some of the toes on socks from last week, so I was productive. 
I decided to take a break from socks to stitch up a snap tab for a friend. 
The design is from String Theory Fabric Art. They have so many amazing and geeky designs.
I know a Star Wars person ...

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August 2, 2019
Making your own appliques on the Brother Luminaire from Quilt Social

Welcome, back, everyone – looks like this is getting to be a habit, LOL. I’m just having so much fun playing with the toys tucked into the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1, and I’m so glad you could join me again. Yesterday I played with Auto-Stippling on the Luminaire, and today’s playground will introduce yet another toy – one I intend to apply in a bit of a non-traditional use.

Ready to dive in and play? I hope so – because I’ve a fantastic little project I want to show off – a personalized key fob using the Appliqué Creator.

This ...

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August 1, 2019
Create stippling-in-the-hoop with the Brother Luminaire from Quilt Social

Hi, again, folks…Welcome back! When I left off yesterday after meandering through some of the Brother Luminaire embroidery editing tools, I was dithering whether my finished design needed stippling. I love the Design Preview option on the Brother Luminaire…it helps bring “what you imagine” to life with a pretty good picture of a “possible reality”.

If you’ll recall, just before stitching yesterday, I saved my design compilation to the machine’s memory. So today, when I booted up my machine, I recalled yesterday’s design, tried to add stippling to it…and ran into a roadblock: I ...

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July 31, 2019
Playing with the Brother Luminaire embroidery editing tools from Quilt Social

I’m ba-ack! And…obviously, so are you! I’m so glad you’re here to share in the discoveries as we step beyond yesterday’s initial run-through of the Brother Innov-is XP1’s embroidery screen workflow. This machine, also known as the Luminaire, is already proving to be very user-friendly and intuitive. It was an easy process to set a design and carry it through to stitch completion. Choosing only one was the hard part! So today we’ll look at some of the Luminaire‘s on-screen editing capabilities. Not all of them though – there truly is a method ...

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